Monday, May 26, 2008

A Soldier's Perspective on the G.I. BIlls

CJ's been listening to both sides on both bills floating around Congress. Here's his conclusion:
Soldiers have been asking for expanded benefits for years. We’ve plainly laid out what we want: enough to cover the actual cost of tuition and transferability. Both Webb’s and McCain’s bills bring us a step closer, but Webb’s bill ignores the transferability option and encourages attrition. Approving Webb’s version of the bill without any changes would absolutely kill the non-commissioned officers corps in the military and provide a vaccuum in mid-level experience and leadership. One only has to serve three to 36 months for pete’s sake! It takes at least three years to make a good NCO. McCain’s bill rewards those who remain on active duty for longer periods of time. I think that is smart and rewards the sacrifices of those who remain in service to their country.
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Blogger Always On Watch said...

From the link:

The first bill is one proposed by Senators Graham, Burr, and McCain. The main points of the G.I. Bill here provide for transferability of benefits to children and spouses....

I may be taking an unpopular position on the above. But I don't believe that transferability is a good option. My exception to that would be transferability to the survivors of the one(s) who served and perished on the battlefield.

At the present rates for college tuition (approximately $10,000+ annually and climbing), I think that transferability is not a financially-feasible option.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008 5:32:00 AM  
Blogger Always On Watch said...

A word about Senator Jim Webb: He doesn't even bother to attend his home VFW post here in Northern Virginia. I distrust any of his voiced support for veterans.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008 5:34:00 AM  
Blogger Gayle said...

It's obvious that Webb's bill is just another attempt to undermine our military!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008 6:11:00 AM  

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